Transworld signs London firefighter's memoir

Transworld signs London firefighter's memoir

Transworld is publishing Into the Fire, a memoir of life as a London firefighter by Edric Kennedy-Macfoy.

The "incredible true story" charts Kennedy-Macfoy’s career as a London firefighter, detailing the highs and lows of a decade spent saving lives, battling blazes and working on the high-profile disasters that have faced the city.

Senior commissioning editor Henry Vines bought world rights to the memoir from Zoe King at The Blair Partnership. Into the Fire will publish on 3rd May 2018 in hardback.

Kennedy-Macfoy, who was interviewed by Emily Maitlis as part of Penguin Presents 2018 on Thursday (1st March), attended incidents including the blaze at Grenfell Tower to the Croydon tram derailment. But, according to Transworld, the book has a balance of light and shade, also sharing humorous events from his career, from the woman who (repeatedly) got her toe stuck in the bath to an epic mission to rescue a swan.

Vines, who first came across Kennedy-Macfoy on an ITV documentary about the London Fire Brigade, called his book "horrifying, heartwarming and occasionally hilarious" reading.

"His first-hand experience of some of London’s most tragic incidents makes for compelling reading, but it is his strength of character, his humility and his humanity that make his story so unique, and makes him such a good companion on the page," he said. "We are thrilled to be publishing Into the Fire, which is horrifying, heartwarming and occasionally hilarious, and shines a light on the raw reality of life at the frontline of the fire brigade."

Kennedy-Macfoy added: "I’m thrilled to be able to write about my time in the fire service in Into the Fire and hope the public will find the book informative, entertaining and moving. I detail my role in some of the most harrowing fires and accidents in recent years in the book, and hope to give people an insight into exactly how it feels to be faced with disaster and channel that fear into the energy to save as many lives as possible. 

"In my time as a firefighter, I’ve seen medical memoirs, police memoirs and army memoirs but never any true firefighter stories, so I can’t wait to share a glimpse of life in this incredibly rewarding job with others."

News of the acquisition follows that of a substantial pre-empt by Transworld last year of an "empowering" memoir by one of the UK's most senior female firefighters, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton. Entitled Through the Fire, it publishes spring 2019.